The Chief Constable of Nottingham has appealed to the Government for additional funding to tackle the growing threat of motorised wheelchair and disabled scooter gangs. ‘The city centre is rapidly becoming a no-go zone,’ he said. ‘Innocent drunken revellers are being targeted at the very time they are at their most vulnerable. After 14 pints, they are not capable of defending themselves. We are doing all we can, but we just don’t have the manpower.’
The city centre has a huge problem with the monthly gathering of ‘Cruisers’: Dozens of mobility scooter and motorised wheelchair users who, fuelled by doses of pain-killing anti-arthritic drugs, gather to show off their customized machines and do circuits of the Old Market Square at speeds of up to 4 mph.
‘It’s appalling,’ said a 23-year-old victim who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. ‘We were weaving through the street after a few bevvies when the Wheelie Brigade struck. No matter which way we staggered, we were on a collision course with them.’ A public meeting to discuss the problems will take place next Friday at 7.30pm on the third floor with no lift access. All welcome.